Several years ago, teaching from Bill and Anabel Gillham struck a chord with me that has never wandered far from my mind.
And even more so as I age.
My body is aging. It is going to happen….
I was talking to some young ladies under the age of 39 years old the other day. They both complained about their aging bodies…as I listened I thought……”just wait”. I have a 95 year old neighbor who probably thinks the same thing about me when she asks me how I am and I answer honestly. “Just wait” are the thoughts I see in the non-verbal bubble above her head!
Now, let me get something straight, I am healthy for the most part and there are many others who suffer disease and illness beyond my imagination. I pray for those hurting so. And I don’t know what my future holds..none of us do.
This morning as I talked to the technician performing one of my tests, I remarked how there were age spots and such things appearing on my body daily…little things that thankfully I cannot see when I don’t have on my glasses. I think that God meant for it to be that way. A little bit of grace….
She thought I was hilarious. She was under 30 years old. I am glad I made her day.
So basically, these “earthsuits” wear out. I cannot see what items truly are without glasses or contacts, I have weight in places that I never knew weight could go, I have a hip that is worn out from working so hard, age spots….need I say more?
These “earthsuits” are not redeemed. We will have to wait to receive our heavenly bodies before all the pain goes away and aging stops. I don’t know what we will look like or how old we will look…I just know that our entire bodies will be new!
And that I can count on. And I can count on the fact that right now…at this present moment….not tomorrow or when I get to heaven…that my spirit is redeemed. The Father has provided the Son for me right now.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The joy, peace, purpose, grace, love….all of that and more are available to me right now. I have to wait for nothing. I am brand new.
So I will keep off my glasses, get on my bike and ride! My stationary bike of course….:)
IN CHRIST ALONE,
*NIV Bible, personal graphics